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Tupac Shakur biopic ready, but who will play the late rapper?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a little surprising the Tupac Shakur story hasn’t been told on film yet. The portrait of a modern-music tragedy, Shakur was gunned down on the streets of Las Vegas. His murder remains unsolved.

Maybe the new biopic, “TUPAC,” will shed some light on the mystery, as well as on the man’s life. Principal photography begins this spring on the Antoine Fuqua-directed film, which will be shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas. A release notes that the film currently is being cast, and no name has been attached to the role of Shakur.

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The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.

In her support of the upcoming biopic of her late son, Afeni Shakur-Davis said, “I am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupac’s life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes, and his life goals.“

“TUPAC” will be produced by James G. Robinson, David Robinson and LT Hutton, and executive produced by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. The screenplay was written by Steve Bagatourian, Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson. Universal Pictures distributes in North America and co-distributes with Morgan Creek International overseas.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • February 11, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’ve been wanting to write that screenplay for years I really hope they don’t mess this up!

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